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Matt Gaetz suddenly very concerned about improving conditions of American jails as FBI probe festers

Fyodor Dostoevsky once said, “A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.” Now, Matt Gaetz appears to be taking those wise words to heart.

This week, Gaetz revealed that, should Republicans take control of the House in November, he plans to launch an investigation into jail conditions, particularly of people being held on charges related to the deadly January 6 insurrection.

“In the minority, we’re very limited in the tools we have to compel responses from the Department of Justice,” he told reporters. “If we’re in the majority, I do believe the Judiciary Committee is the appropriate place to use compulsory tools to get those responses.”

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Gaetz, along with several GOP lawmakers, including some who sit on the House Judiciary Committee, says he’s concerned that accused insurrectionists are being subjected to harsh jail conditions as they await their trials.

We’re sure his sudden worry for the wellbeing of American inmates has everything to do with compassion for his fellow man and absolutely nothing to do with that pesky ongoing federal investigation into his alleged sexual relationship with a high schooler.

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Speaking of that investigation, this week Time magazine reported that Gaetz keeps a handwritten note from ex-president Trump encouraging him to “keep fighting” on display in his office:

On the wall of the cramped congressional-office-turned-podcast studio, there’s a black-and-white poster for S.J. “Jerry” Gaetz, the congressman’s grandfather, that dubs him “North Dakota’s Most Progressive Mayor.” In a glass display case, there’s a handwritten note from President Trump, scribbled in Sharpie on an article about Gaetz defending himself against a federal sex-trafficking probe involving the transportation of a 17-year-old across state lines. “Matt, This is Great,” Trump wrote. “Keep fighting – You will WIN!”

Gaetz has repeatedly denied paying an underage girl for sex. Meanwhile, his ex-wingman, Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty to six federal charges last year, including child sex trafficking, has had his sentencing delayed several times so he can continue cooperating with investigators on the probe into the anti-LGBTQ lawmaker’s alleged crimes.

Now, some tweets…